Tree worker hurt on Highland property, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Feb. 8, 2010, 6:56am

A Macoupin County man claims he sustained serious injuries while removing trees from a Highland property.

James Licklider filed a lawsuit Jan. 27 in Madison County Circuit Court against Peter Pisaneschi, Janet Pisaneschi, Steve Potts' Tree Service and Steve Potts.

Licklider claims he worked as an independent contractor for Steve Potts' Tree Service on Jan. 30, 2008, and went to the Pisaneschis' house at 125 Hackberry Lane to remove trees and to perform other yard and maintenance work.

"That as a result of said tree removal and/or other yard and property maintenance and remediation being performed on the subject premises the Plaintiff sustained severe and permanent injuries and damages," the suit states.

Although he doesn't specify how he became injured, Licklider says his injuries caused him to incur medical costs and to suffer extreme and permanent physical pain and suffering to his head, face, neck, mouth, teeth, shoulders, trunk, abdomen, spine, arms, hands, legs and feet. In addition, he has suffered extreme emotional distress and is disfigured and disabled, the complaint says.

The Pisaneschis allowed an unreasonably dangerous condition to exist on their property that they should have known posed an unreasonable risk of harm to Licklider, he claims.

Steve Potts' Tree Service and Steve Potts failed to exercise reasonable care in its supervision of work being performed on the premises, according to the complaint.

In his four-count suit, Licklider seeks a judgment of more than $200,000, plus other relief the court deems just.

Rhonda D. Fiss of the Law Office of Rhonda D. Fiss in Belleville will be representing him.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-78.

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